Hiking in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

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Willow Lake Trail
Willow Lake Trail
Crestone, Colorado, United States
Moderate: 9.0 miles, Full day
Spectacular Beauty in the Heart of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains

Deep in the heart of the Sangre De Cristo mountains in southern Colorado, Willow Lake provides a respite for the waters draining the Obstruction Peak glacial trough, as they rush north and west toward the central Colorado basin. If you tee off from the top of Obstruction Peak, Willow Lake is in the center of the dog-leg left, with 500 yard long meadow...
Humboldt - Colorado 14er Overnight
Humboldt - Colorado 14er Overnight
Westcliffe, Colorado, United States
Difficult: 10.6 miles, Multiple days
This 14er as unbelievable views of alpine lakes and the neighboring Crestone Needles

This is a beautiful overnight of just over 10 miles that will bring you to a the top of a non-technical 14er. Although Humboldt is pretty easy to climb you'll be impressed at the neighboring Crestone Needles which are some of the most dificult to climb. Make sure to bring a fishing pole as the South Colony Lakes are stocked with trout where you will...
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Music Pass
by texasbounce on Sep 10, 2011
Westcliffe, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 10.3 miles
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Humboldt Peak (14,064'), St'd Route, S Colony Lakes
by jimlarkey on Aug 08, 2013
Cottonwood, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 4.3 miles
2 hrs up, 1/2 hr on the summit, 2 hrs down...best few hours spent in a long time.  Humboldt Peak, the "easy one", offered us some outstanding views of it's neighbors, the "big ones"....Crestone Needle and Peak.It's been 5 years since I've been in the South Colony Lakes Basin, climbing the Crestone Needle.  A lot has changed with the 4WD trail-heads, since 2008.  Details on the access routes can be viewed here.Our...
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Sand Ramp Trail
by pirxpilot on May 09, 2011
Liberty, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 2.8 miles
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Willow Lakes, Kit Carson Peak
by jimlarkey on Jul 23, 2010
Westcliffe, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 4.0 miles
Prior to our climb of Kit Carson Peak and Challenger Point, we took some time off to explore the upper reaches of Willow Creek.  You'll discover a tarn at the base of Kit Carson Mountain, and you'll be rewarded with views of the drainage, as well as an abundance of wildflowers, rich in the water-soaked tundra.You'll stumble through the willows, and climb a few shelves before reaching the upper Willow Creek lake. ...
Great Sand Dunes 1
by bjanders on May 24, 2010
Colorado, United States
Hiking | 2.7 miles
Great Sand Dunes
by bjanders on May 23, 2010
Mosca, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 5.4 miles
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Great Sand Dunes National Park
by mhsundstrom on May 11, 2010
Liberty, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 2.6 miles
A beautiful day, but sometimes windy enough you had to turn your back to the wind or risk getting a mouthful of sand. It's hard work climbing these dunes; sometimes the sand is packed so you stay on top of it, but usually not. Some of the slopes are amazingly steep. 
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Great Sand Dunes
by JosephandKate on Jun 06, 2011
Liberty, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 2.1 miles
After watching the sun set over the dunes, we went for a night hike ON the dunes to see the stars. The haze from wildfires in the region kept us from seeing the stars in all of their majesty but the whole experience was majestic in its own glory! Another wonderful evening...
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Humboldt Peak (14,064'), Access, South Colony Lakes Trail
by jimlarkey on Aug 07, 2013
Cottonwood, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 9.1 miles
Since ET does not offer an elegant way of differentiating tracks, this page shows the two different routes to access the South Colony Lakes Basin; (1) the Forest Service Road 120, (2) the "shortcut trail"...1.2 miles  shorter, 450' less climbing, but steeper.The trip report on the Humboldt climb can be viewed here.
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Zapata Falls Short Hike
by kameling on Jun 06, 2012
MOSCA, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 1.0 miles
Great Sand Dunes
by epulling on Aug 09, 2013
Liberty, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 1.0 miles
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Zapata Falls
by wochapman on May 21, 2014
Alamosa, Colorado, USA
Hiking | 0.0 miles
Hike to Zapata Falls with my grand children who found the water way too cold this time of the year.
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Great Sand Dunes National Park
by Athena on Jun 07, 2013
Colorado, United States
Hiking | 1.6 miles
Great park but be ready for some tough hiking in deep sand.  There is no dedicated trail along the dunes...you make it up as you go.  You first must cross the Medano Creek, which at the time we were there was 1 inch deep..not an issue.  A lot of folks stay right there and enjoy the beach like atmosphere. After about 0.3 miles, you reach the base of the dunes....it sure didnt...
Great Sand Dunes NP
by plawa on May 11, 2013
Liberty, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 2.6 miles
Sand dunes np
by bikenboulder on Jun 07, 2012
Liberty, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 2.9 miles
Great Sanddunea NP hike
by jaspers123 on Jul 13, 2012
Liberty, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 2.9 miles
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Mt. Lindsey
by erhart67 on Jul 04, 2012
Colorado, United States
Hiking | 7.9 miles
Mt. Lindsey, at 14,042 feet, was our 24th 14er and our first 14er in the Sangre de Cristo range.  We climbed this peak on its north face from the Huerfano River Trailhead.  There are many campsites on the road leading to the TH and at the TH.  From the Lily Lake Trail, make sure to branch left off the trail.  There is a sign at this point for Lily Lake, but not one for...
Great Sand Dunes - part 1
by twoswisshikers on Apr 21, 2012
Alamosa, Colorado, United States
Hiking | 6.4 miles